SciFest 2010 kicks off in DIT

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Growing future scientists: Three young scientists
working on a green future pictured at Scifest 2010 in DIT.

16th April 2010

SciFest, the month-long festival of science for second level students, kicked off on Thursday 15th April in Dublin Institute of Technology.  The national festival of science saw hundreds of second level students, and their teachers and parents descend on DIT Kevin Street for a range of science demonstrations, exhibitions of projects, and the all important announcement of the winners of the Scifest competition.

The annual Scifest Competition provides a forum for second-level students to present and display the results of their investigations into scientific problems.  This year over two hundred students from 25 different schools entered the competition.  Their projects were on display at DIT Kevin Street and included:

  • A study on whether gaming affects your personality, by students from Loreto College, St Stephens Green;
  • A project examining whether texting makes students' spelling worse, by students from Gael Choláiste Reachrann;
  • An investigation by students from Alexandra College into the affects of weather on a person's mood;
  • A project examining whether wind energy can charge a phone battery, by students from St Joseph's Secondary School;
  • An investigation by students from Ard Scoil Rís into how to improve the safety and comfort standards of the present day Micro Hurling Helmet.

In the end Ellen Kirk, Sara El Nimr and Sarah Rose Lucey from Loreto College were declared the 2010 winners for their project: Noise induced Hearing Loss: Is anybody listening?

The SciFest initiative is jointly funded by Intel and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners.  According to Sheila Porter, SciFest national co-ordinator; “SciFest continues to go from strength to strength with a record number of entries this year. The rapid increase in participation in the competition is a clear indication of the interest and enthusiasm among students and teachers in the investigative approach to teaching and learning science.”

Peter Brabazon, programme director, Discover Science and Engineering, was also enthusiastic about the event. “It is exciting to see the creativity and enthusiasm for science among Irish second-level students at SciFest 2010. The competition epitomises the skills we seek to instill in students across the country in terms of collaborative learning and critical thinking. It is also an effective model linking education and industry, with the participation of all the institutes of technology and the support of Intel and other sponsors.”

The Dublin Institute of Technology has a long established background in delivering Science education in Ireland and offers programmes across the whole spectrum of scientific enquiry, including Biological Sciences, Chemical, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Science, Computing, Food Science, Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

For more information see www.scifest.ie

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